Around 1,600 volunteers clean 6.5 tonnes of rubbish off Belgian beaches

Around 1,600 volunteers cleaned 6.5 tonnes of rubbish off the beaches of the North Sea on Sunday. This was part of the 6th Eneco Beach Clean Cup. The organisers have said it was a real success.

18 Surf clubs, along with 1,600 volunteers, cleaned the Belgian beaches. In less than 4 hours, 6.5 tonnes of waste was collected. “This proves that these kind of actions are still necessary”, says Kristof Bouckaert, one of the organisers. “If there are no exceptional measures taken, such as banning non-recyclable plastic bottles, there will be 10 times, 30 times more plastic in the oceans than today”.

This year, particular attention was paid to cigarette butts, which is the second most common form of rubbish found on the coast.

The environment partner Ecover will make detergent bottles with the plastic that was collected.

(Source: Belga)

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